Fall Fest

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Yes, it’s that week again! Thanksgiving always seems to sneak up on us, no?

In making our preparations for the biggest fall bounty of the year, we wanted to take a moment to revel in gratitude, as it has been an extraordinary year for all of us. We are grateful to our community — that means you — for being part of our world as we explore flavors, people and places, and for sharing yourselves generously with us throughout Fall Fest. So many wonderful recipes have been posted that we’re going to get fat just reading them all.

We’re also thankful for our fellow bloggers, who have made each week so much fun for us. I wish we could all gather in a giant kitchen and cook a meal to remember.

Since all of us in the US are now prepping for Thanksgiving, we want to share a few of our back-pocket ideas for jazzing up the turkey table. We’ll be delighted to read yours, too, because sometimes a little bit of inspiration is all a meal needs.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Featured Dossiers
Talkin’ Turkey
Cranberries: Beyond Thanksgiving Dinner

Featured Recipes
Spiced Cranberry & Orange Relish
Turkey Preparations: Brining & High-Heat Roasting
Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Here’s what our other Fall Fest friends are cooking for Thanksgiving. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #fallfood.

Food Network
Thanksgiving Bounty We’re Grateful For

Caroline: The Wright Recipes
Butternut Squash Biscuits

Paige: The Sister Project
A Thanksgiving Surprise

Diane and Todd: White on Rice Couple
The Hungry Travelers Video

Caron: San Diego Foodstuff
Bounty to Be Grateful For in the Form of Community (And Pecan Pie)

Alana: Eating From the Ground Up
Of Turkeys and Apples

Tara: Tea and Cookies
Stuffed Pumpkin


  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Fall Fest 2010 badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!


Fall Fest: Sensuous Sweet Potatoes

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Move over, sweet potato casserole. You’re way better than that marshmallow topping.

Fall Fest: Bodacious Brassicas

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If you’re anything like us, you’re probably thinking “what the heck is a brassica?” It’s more familiar than you think.

Fall Fest: Root Vegetables

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Ah, root vegetables. They are veritably the crown jewels of harvest, though often relegated to root cellars and dark places.

Fall Fest: Pears

Move over, apples. With their sumptuous curves and juicy goodness, there’s no denying pears are one of the most seductive fruits.

Fall Fest: Pumpkin and Winter Squash

Pumpkins and squash are way more delicious than jack-o-lanterns and cornucopia displays.

Fall Fest: Autumn Salads

Salads aren’t typically the first things that come to mind when we think of autumn, but indulge us.

Fall Fest: Apples

We’ve got everything from soups to cocktails and dessert in this week’s roundup, so prepare your senses for a bit of “oh my, yes.”

Fall Fest: Spinach

Fall is finally here, and we are continuing the fest with spinach — a most unexpected indulgence.